Skylert: April 21st Update (4:00 pm)
April 21, 2020
Hello Coleman School District Families and Students,
As you most likely know, Governor Evers issued Safer-At-Home Emergency Order #28 extending the school closure through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. The Governor’s General Counsel has defined the end of the 2019-2020 school year as June 30, 2020. I am confident this decision was not made lightly, but was deemed necessary for the safety of all Wisconsin residents including our Coleman School District staff, students and families.
Please review ALL of the important information below to help you navigate the closure.
Now that the closure has been extended to the end of the 2019-20 school year, what are the learning expectations for my child and how can I access my child’s Learning Plan?
On Monday, April 27, Phase 3 Learning Plans will be available on the district website in the block titled, School Closing Information due to COVID-19. This phase of learning plans will run from April 27-May 13. It is our intention that this would be the last learning phase for the 2019-2020 school year. For students who are receiving paper learning packets for their distance learning, the district will be delivering these packets to families on Tuesday, April 28. We will be using our bus routes to deliver these materials in the late afternoon starting at 3:45 PM. As material is being delivered, staff will also pick up completed learning packets that were distributed on Monday, April 6. As with the first drop off, we are asking student’s returned work to be placed in a bag clearly labeled with his or her name and grade. Please have this bag in a tote at the end of your driveway.
The District is still developing a plan to return all school issued textbooks, Chromebooks, library books, and Phase 3 learning packets during the week of May 18. Our intent is to let these materials sit for a week and then be inventoried. Paper learning packets will be graded by Grades 2-12 staff the week of May 26. This time frame will allow our staff to reach out to families that still need to return materials and submit second semester grades (pass/incomplete) into Skyward by June 3.
What about High School Graduation?
As a result of the Order running through June 30th, the traditional high school graduation ceremony will not be held on May 16; we are looking at holding the commencement ceremony at 11:00am on Saturday, July 11th, with a backup date of Saturday, August 1st. Due to the construction in the high school gymnasium, we plan to host the ceremony on the high school football field. During the graduation ceremony, we will also acknowledge any seniors who would have received awards during senior recognition night. As we get closer to the date of the ceremony, we will provide more details to the graduates and their families.
Will I still have access to teachers and the office staff during the closure?
Teaching staff, administrators and office staff will be available via email Monday-Friday.
Will breakfast and lunch service continue?
The district will continue to serve breakfast and lunch for the remainder of the school year.
Is the District still offering Summer Learning? How can I sign up?
As of today, summer learning dates are under review to determine the best time to provide this experience. Watch for more information in the future.
How will my child receive Special Education Services during the closure?
Staff will continue to review IEPs and consider accommodations and modifications that will be needed in order for special education students to access learning during this time. Scheduled IEP meetings are conducted virtually.
Are there any updates regarding athletics and activities occuring during the closure?
Today, the WIAA Board of Control voted to cancel all spring sports competitions and the spring sports tournament series. All other student activities are shut down during this time.
We remain committed to working together to meet the learning, social, emotional, and physical needs of our students. Your continued support and engagement is most appreciated during this difficult time. You are doing the best you can and that is GOOD ENOUGH! Please feel free to contact the district office or your child's teacher for support or with your questions.
Douglas P. Polomis